No Tarnish on Silver Anniversary Memories —Michelson

Another year, we attracted our largest crowd ever at the banquet…more than 1,000 people. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The walls and ceiling of the immense room were adorned ornately with the grandeur of a bygone era. But, unfortunately, the hotel’s sound system was also from 
a bygone era, and only half of the attendees could hear what people were saying from 
the stage. Couple that with a lengthy open bar cocktail reception, followed by bottles 
of wine on the tables at dinner, and you can imagine the crowd control issues that ensued.

The Quadracci family, of Quad/Graphics fame, have also played starring roles in our Hall of Fame galas. The late Harry V. Quadracci—revered by many as the greatest printer 
of our time—was inducted in 1986, followed by his ailing father, Harry R., in 1998, and brother Tom in 2006. In 1986 we also had the privilege to honor Cecil Previdi, of Danbury Printing & Litho. Sadly, just one year later, Previdi would be among eight people killed in a small plane crash while en route to see some equipment operating in Wisconsin.

I’m especially looking forward to this year’s 25th anniversary awards gala, and to other memorable banquet moments that will undoubtedly unfold in the years ahead.

Mark T. Michelson, Editor-in-Chief

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